Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Environmental Science program page.

In Year 2, students will choose to complete a theme area in one of the following:
Conservation & Biodiversity | Environmental Assessment | Environmental Health | Land Systems | Natural Resource Management | Northern Studies | Policy & Lay | Stewardship | Sustainable Building | Toxicology | Water Resources | Wildlife Management

This program is accredited to the National Standard of Environmental Programs in Canada by ECO Canada.

B.Env.Sc. Bachelor of Environmental Science

Honours, Major, and General degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
ENVR 1000 Environmental Science 1: Concepts 3
ENVR 2000 Environmental Science 2: Issues 3
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
ECON 1010 Introduction to Microeconomic Principles 3

MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or

MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences 
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 3
Faculty of Arts course     3
Total Credit Hours 30


  • If balancing admission to Environmental Science with other programs, note that Environmental Science requires 24 credit hours, including at least 12 credit hours of the following courses:
    • ENVR 1000
    • ENVR 2000
    • BIOL 1020
    • BIOL 1030
    • CHEM 1300
    • CHEM 1310
    • MATH 1500 (M) (or substitute listed)
    • STAT 1000
    • GEOL 1340 or GEOG 1290
    • PHYS 1020 (M) or PHYS 1050
    • PHYS 1030 (M) or PHYS 1070 or MATH 1300 (M) or MATH 1700 (M) or MATH 1710 (M)
    • STAT 2000 (M)
  • ENVR 1000, ENVR 2000, BIOL 1020, and BIOL 1030 are prerequisites for upper level courses in the program. It is recommended to complete these in first year, prior to admission.
  • Choose your Faculty of Arts courses(s) from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.


Apply to the Advanced Major program, and consult with a student advisor in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources to declare Honours or General program.

Minimum Credit Hours: 24 credit hours of specific coursework. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

University 1 may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Summer Session may be used to complete admission requirements. See the Applicant Information Bulletin for more details.

W Requirement: Not required for admission, and will be completed in Year 2 of the program by taking ENVR 2270 (W).
M Requirement: Not required for admission.  Will be met by MATH 1500 (M) or the substitutions listed, when completed.
Minimum GPA: Major: 2.00 with a minimum grade of 'C+' in 6 of the 12 required credit hours and no less than 'C' in the remaining 6 credit hours.
Additional Requirements: None.
Selection Criteria: Grades only.


  • Biology 40S minimum 50% recommended.
  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required.
  • Physics 40S (for Physics courses taken in Year 2) minimum 50% required.


  • Honours/Major: 4 years (120 credit hours).
  • Co-op may extend your studies by an additional term(s).
  • General: 3 years (90 credit hours).


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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide